2009

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0394  Thursday, 23 July 2009

From:       John Chapot <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 22 Jul 2009 13:50:59 -0700
Subject:    WS View of Vienna for M4M

My wife has just completed costuming a new production of  _Measure for 
Measure_ for the reinvigorated Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. While 
reading the play, I found myself wondering what moved the playwright to 
locate the action in Vienna. The play doesn't appear to have any 
location-specific details. To me, it amounts to Elizabethan London.

I wonder what was the Elizabethan concept of this distant Catholic city 
at the edge of the Ottoman Empire? Or did W.S. use it because it was 
terra incognita?

John Chapot
San Francisco

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